Turkish foreign ministry officials say they are planning to request a NATO Patriot missile deployment along their southern border, but while they are couching it as a defense move, others are indicating it is anything but.
Rather other officials say they are considering not just defending Turkish territory from any theoretical spillover, but are looking to install them at the border to create a de facto no-fly zone in northern Syria to help the rebels.
Turkish officials say that this is just one of many scenarios being discussed, but with many in NATO chomping at the bit to insinuate itself directly into the Syrian Civil War, the prospect of deploying multi-million dollar missiles to “protect” Turkey from cheap artillery rounds straying across the border is too good to pass up.
The problem, then, is how NATO goes from deployment to imposing a no-fly zone, since the UN Security Council has not, and presumably will not, authorize one after NATO used a similar resolution in Libya to launch a full-scale war of regime change.
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